So after seeing Atmel in the parking lot, and a hexapod 3-D printer, a Geiger counter, a bike lite, and an art installation powered by Atmel, I should mention some of the cool Atmel technology that we had at the booth.
Atmel also had some commercial hardware you can buy, including a Kickstarter project that got fully funded and a gorgeous electric bicycle.
Another cool company at the Atmel booth was Puzzlebox. They brought their brain-controlled helicopter. Using an available Nerosky headset, Faire-goers were amazed to see that they could concentrate and make it fly. In the foreground is a nerf crossbow, where you can just think about it—and it will launch. The ever-playful Puzzlebox folks had you put on a safely face shield and pointed the launcher at you, and you could think about it and it would fire the nerf bullet into your face shield.
When I saw the Faraday bike, I was impressed by its quality and retro design. I thought the only cool thing was the LED tail light. It took a while, but I finally grokked that Faraday is a complete electric bycicle. The two frame tubes are stuffed with those same good-ol’ 18650 Li-ion batteries used in laptops and Teslas.
We also has a stack of HEXBUG Spider toys which we were giving away. The really cool thing was a hack one of Atmel’s FAEs (field application engineers) did so that it would follow the heat from your hand.
And here is a picture of fellow Croatian Andy Turudic at the Atmel booth. We were right next to the Arduino booth and we had some Arduino hardware to show off, as well as our own, and an Atmel powered 3-D printer by MakerBot.
Maker was a great time. I encourage all of you to attend. There is another big one in New York, and franchised ones in Detroit and Kansas City. And for you continental engineers— there is even a Maker Faire in Rome.